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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Freezing Pipes

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

An ounce of prevention . . .

The 3 day outlook shows lows in the single digits with negative wind chills. Pipe bursts can cause the most damage of any water source we deal with. Sometimes there can be multiple pipe bursts in the same property and many times they burst when no one is there or when everyone is asleep. We have even seen times when a copper pipe pops out of joint allowing a 1/2 water line to run wide open! Imagine the damage that can cause! So what can be done to prevent this type of damage?

5 tips to keep your pipes warm

Below are some simple tips to keep pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  1. Open any cabinetry that houses plumbing on exterior walls to help keep the pipes from freezing!
  2. Wrap pipes that are at risk, like in a garage or attic, in the foam insulation sleeves designed for pipes.
  3. Keep your thermostat no lower than 60-65 degrees if you are away for a day or more. Many people think 55 degrees is sufficient, but we have seen many troubles arise with thermostats set that low.
  4. Use pipe heating wires when appropriate. Make sure they are installed according to instructions.
  5. Use hose bib covers outside to prevent cold air from entering around the pipe and freezing it.

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